Understanding innovation in 2014 …

When I launched this blog only three months ago, I did that with a passion for understanding innovation and in the intention to commence a learning journey that would hopefully be inspiring, surprising, and encouraging. Now, at the end of the calendar year, looking back at the first few legs of the journey, I can […]

The innovator’s choice?

In a previous post I described the innovator’s needs as a rather abstract concept: he needs access to skills, assets, and resources. But how can the innovator actually fulfil them? What choices does he have? Does he have a choice at all? Well, rather than having a clear choice between several options, I think that […]

What the innovator needs …

There’s an abundance of management literature offering advice on how to foster innovation in a business context. However, there is very little discussion on how the innovator’s success critically depend upon the boundary conditions defined outside the business context. This larger societal context is what I addressed in previous posts (part 1 and part 2). Today, […]

How to cultivate innovation? – part 2

Innovation is often seen solely through a business lens, as a tool for companies to secure their competitive advantage. That explains the large volumes of business literature on managing innovation, but it’s also missing an essential point: the societal context of both, business and innovation. Businesses, and the economy in general, are embedded in society; […]

How to cultivate innovation? – part 1

Cultivating innovation is what every business leader must achieve to stay in business for more than just one product cycle. Therefore it’s no big wonder that there is an impressive library of management literature addressing the business of innovation. However, innovation is more than business, and the existing writing often misses that essential part of […]